It remains unclear when Clippers forward Blake Griffin will get a CT scan, the next required step he has to take in his recovery from a stress fracture in his left knee that has kept him sidelined for all 21 games.
Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy estimated on Dec. 2 before a loss to the Houston Rockets that Griffin would receive X-rays in 10 days. After Friday's practice, Dunleavy said that isn't the case.
"I think I heard the 16th or 18th, something like that. But I'm not sure," he said. "Don't ask me. Ask the trainers. Ask the medic people. They tell me."
A Clippers spokesman said a date hasn't been set for Griffin's CT scan, which would determine how well he's recovered. A team spokesman also said Griffin hasn't had an MRI since the original diagnosis. The team did not make Griffin available to the media following today's practice.
Griffin initially was expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the season, which began six weeks and three days ago. Dunleavy says Griffin hasn't experienced any setbacks, however, during his recovery process.
"Every test he’s been through has been positive," Dunleavy said. "The CT scan is major radiation. You don’t want to expose the kid to more than one of those. They’re picking the right date."
Griffin has been present at most practices, including today's, and has been limited to elliptical and swimming workouts, stretching and shooting without jumping. Dunleavy says Griffin, who's known for his workaholic tendencies, hasn't tried expediting his recovery.
"He hadn’t overdone it," Dunleavy said. "It was a clearly prescribed deal. Even early on, I don’t think there was something he wasn’t allowed to do. He’s been great. He totally understands what he’s supposed to do and he’s been doing it."
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